Archive for May, 2010

Valley of Bones by Eric Wilson

May 10, 2010

Suspense

Valley of Bones (Jerusalem’s Undead Trilogy)

Eric Wilson

ISBN: 978-1595544605

Rating: 4-1/2 Stars

A unique and nail biting thriller, VALLEY OF THE BONES is the long awaited conclusion to the Jerusalem’s Udead Trilogy. With his first two novels, the author has built a firm foundation of strong characters and a compelling plot. As the characters grew in their faith and maturity, the more thought provoking and intense the story has become.  To fully appreciate how the story has come full circle, it would be a good idea to start with FIELD OF BLOOD, and HAUNT OF JACKALS. You’ll miss so many interesting nuances otherwise.

It was immediately apparent how well researched the series was, both Biblically and geographically. After reading the author’s note, and learning of his travels to the Holy Land, it became even more obvious how influenced he was by his experiences and what a blessing that was for the reader.

This is an epic telling of good versus evil in a diverse and distinctive way you won’t be able to stop thinking about.

Summary:  Gina Lazarescu has been preparing for a battle with The Collectors her whole life. Now everything is on the line as the people she loves the most are in direct danger from the evil undead.

The Collectors are searching for The Crown of Thorns, and when they find it, it will be the end. The only thing standing between them and their wicked desires are Gina, her loved ones, and Those Who Resist.

Thomas Nelson, May 2010, 416 Pages, $14.99, Reviewed by Terri Dukes

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Play Dead by Ryan Brown

May 10, 2010

Play Dead

Ryan Brown

ISBN: 978-1439171301

Rating: 4-1/2 Stars

I’m not a football fan. I don’t know a Steeler from a Seahawk, but fortunately, PLAY DEAD is so entertaining and clever, you don’t have to enjoy football or even zombies to enjoy reading it. Although it probably wouldn’t hurt! I was loathe to put it down after the first chapter. From the hilarious hi jinks of the characters to the cringe worthy antics of the zombie football players, I was completely drawn in.

I haven’t enjoyed a debut novel this much in ages. The pacing kept me turning pages until the wee hours of the morning and the dialog had me laughing out loud. Ryan Brown’s real talent was showcased by the tension he kept rolling for the entire 344 pages until at last; I could breathe a sigh of relief when it was over. I’ll be keeping a watchful eye out for more from this gifted author!

Summary: Cole Logan is the star quarterback for the Killington Jackrabbits, and he’s having a bad day. A district championship is riding on his upcoming game against their arch rival team, the Elmwood Badgers. So when he’s approached by masked thugs and told to lose the game and they cut off a couple fingers to make their point, Cole’s ready to get even, not quit. Unfortunately, things go too far, and instead of merely blocking the road to keep the Jackrabbits from the big game, the steroid induced Badgers manage to run the bus full of football players into the river. Everyone except for the coach and Cole perish. Or do they? After a scary ritual in the woods, the Jackrabbits aren’t dead, or alive. But if they don’t win a game against the Badgers, in 48 hours, they will be evil. Evil and undead is not a good combination. Now it’s up to Cole, the coach, and his daughter, Savannah to bring together the biggest rivalry football game ever played. The stakes have never been higher.

Gallery Books; May 2010; 344 Pages; $24.99; Reviewed by Terri Dukes